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2013/2014  BA-HAS_CEPO  Cultural Economics and Politics (for students enrolled 2012 or ealier)

English Title
Cultural Economics and Politics (for students enrolled 2012 or ealier)

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Fourth Quarter
The course is offered for the last time according to the 2012 Study Regulations in spring 2014
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course coordinator
  • Trine Bille - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO)
Main academic disciplines
  • Experience economy and service management
Last updated on 08-08-2013
Learning objectives
In the end of this course the students should be able to:
  • Explain the central models, concepts and theories presented through the course
  • Critically assess the strengths and weakness and the value and relevance of the models, concepts and theories presented through the course in relation to their practical application.
  • Apply the models, concepts and theories presented throughout the course on concrete cultural economic problems.
  • Analyze a problem based on selected theories and methods and argue for the cultural policy implications.
  • Reflect on the consequences of applying different theories and perspectives on a selected cultural economic problem.
Course prerequisites
English language skills equal to B2 level (CEFR) and math skills equal to Danish level B are recommended.
Cultural Economics and Politics:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 3 students in the group
Group size: max 2-3 students
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
The project can be max. 10 standard pages in length.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Make-up examinations are given as an individual oral exam based on the group project.
Re-take examinations are given as an individual oral exam based on the group project handed in for the regular examination, as well as a supplementary piece, max. 5 standard pages in length
Description of the exam procedure
The final exam is a 72-hour group project.
The project will be followed by an individual, 20 minutes oral exam, which takes its point of departure in the group project, but also natural relations to theory and models from syllabus. The individual assessment is based on a combined evaluation of the written group project and the individual oral exam.
Course content and structure

Course content:
The course will provide an overview of the cultural sector, cultural economics and cultural policy. The course will show how economic theory can be used to analyze economic problems in the cultural sector, dealing with issues like market demand for arts and culture, determinants of participation in arts and culture, market failures like externalities and public goods in the cultural sector, non-market demand for arts and culture, cost-benefit analysis, production, productivity and the earning gab (Boumol and Bowens disease). Cultural policy will be analyzed using relevant theoretical models, and concrete examples of cultural policy at the national as well as at the local level will be analyzed and discussed. Current issues such as culture in local and regional development and experience economy will be covered.

Course aim:
The course aims at giving knowledge about cultural economics and cultural politics in a Western context. Cultural economics will be introduced as a discipline dealing with economic questions of the cultural sector. The course aims at giving the students knowledge about how cultural economics can be used to analyze economic problems in the cultural sector, especially relating to public finance of culture and thereby providing arguments for cultural politics. Besides the course will introduce cultural policy, characterize different models for cultural policy and show different goals and instruments of the different models.

Teaching methods
The teaching is based on lectures giving overview of the theory, guest lecturers from the industry, and student presentations of selected cases. It is expected that students prepare before classes by reading relevant articles and chapters as suggested in the reading schedule (on LEARN).
Student workload
Classes 30 hours
Preparation for class 107 hours
Exam 70 hours
Expected literature
  • Ruth Towse (2010): A textbook of Cultural Economics, Cambridge University Press
  • Compendium including articles on cultural economics and politics.

Please note, minor changes may occur. The teacher will upload the final reading list to LEARN two weeks before the course starts.

Last updated on 08-08-2013